SoCal Hockey Events is the branch of SoCal Street Hockey, Inc. dedicated to hosting ball hockey tournaments and organizing tournament teams. Our goal is to host quality events in exciting locations in an effort to strengthen the greater ball hockey community and promote the growth of ball hockey on the west coast.
In 2004, our league was contacted by Jamie Cooke, founder of Cool Hockey Events and of the USA Women's Ball Hockey Team, with the intentions of promoting the growth of our sport by advising us of ongoing tournaments hosted on the east coast. In response to this news, SoCal Street Hockey sent three teams to participate in the Street Hockey USA National Championships, capturing a national title and two third place finishes. The seeds were planted and a slow growth of west coast participation at the tournament level began to take place.
Seeing a need for an event on the west coast to further promote the sport, SoCal Street Hockey teamed up with the Let's Play Hockey International Expo in 2006 to host the first annual Sin City Shootout Street Hockey Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada (initial event was known as the West Coast Championships). That first year saw eight teams participate in the event, with the playoffs being held inside the Paris Hotel and Casino. The annual event has significantly grown in size since that inaugural event, seeing participation expand to include teams from across North America, and coming from as far as Japan to participate.
Based on the success of the Sin City Shootout Street Hockey Tournament, SoCal Street Hockey and the Los Angeles Kings teamed up to host a street hockey tournament as the focal point of the King's Hockey Fest in 2009, and have worked together to launch the California Shootout Street Hockey Tournament.
Over the years, SoCal Street Hockey has also committed to assisting in the organization and sponsorship of teams/players participating in events throughout the States and overseas. We look to continue those efforts in the future, and will continue to work towards establishing ball hockey events to promote the participation in and continued growth of our sport.